Traditional Irish Treacle Bread

Racquel Sweeney


This is a bread that every Irish family has a intake on, the smell of the treacle baking just fills the home with a lovely welcome aroma .There is an other Irish girl on JAP who has her family recipe of white soda fruit bread posted she's Karyn Ryan from Co. Meath it looks sooooo good . So here is my intake of my family recipe good old treacle bread ,hope you like and enjoy.... :)


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15 Min
40 Min


  • 500 g
    or 1lb plain flour (sieved)
  • 2 Tbsp
    treacle also known as molasses in america .
  • 1/2 pt
    butter milk or cows milk (approx)
  • 2 tsp
    cream of tarter
  • 1 tsp
    bread soda
  • 2 oz
    raisins or sultanas

How to Make Traditional Irish Treacle Bread


  1. Pre-heat oven to 200c/400f.ligth dust a flat baking sheet with flour. Leave the tin of treacle in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes, this will help soften treacle and make it easier to spoon out of tin. Heat the treacle and butter milk in a low heat just slightly warm .
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl.
    Add sufficient liquid to mix ,to a soft dough then onto a floured surface and lighting knead.
    Shape into a round circle, place onto the flat baking sheet and make a cross on top of dough with a knife.
  3. Place into pre-heated oven and bake for about 40 minutes.
    Treacle bread is a traditional Irish favourite.
    When baked the bread will have a hallow sound if trapped on the base.
    cool on wire tray for 5 minutes.
  4. Then get a clean ,dry tea towel and wrap the treacle bread up in it, this will help to give a softer crust on your bread..
  5. NOTE= when completely cooled serve with a spread of butter and a cup of tea....:)

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About Traditional Irish Treacle Bread

Course/Dish: Savory Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Irish
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian, Wheat Free
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids
Hashtags: #treacle, #irishstyle

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